Woman trips, sues

by John O'Brien |
Dec. 1, 2006, 1:45am

CHARLES TOWN - A Jefferson County woman says she tripped and fell while shopping at a Dollar General store and is suing.

Rebecca Long filed the suit Nov. 22 in Jefferson Circuit Court against Dolgencorp, Inc., claiming that on Oct. 19 she tripped over shelving that had been placed on the floor.

"The shelving on the floor was in the nature of a hidden danger, trap, snare, pitfall or the like," the complaint says. "The shelving on the floor was neither known nor obvious to the plaintiff.

"The shelving on the floor was not a normal, obvious or ordinary risk attendant to the use of the premises."

Long says Dollar General had a right to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition but failed.

"The defendant has breached its duties of care owed to Plaintiff," the complaint says.

She seeks compensation for injuries to her body chemistry and psyche, as well as pain, medical expenses, lost earnings, diminished capacity to earn and the ability to "enjoy a normal and productive life."

Martinsburg attorney Terrance Britt is representing the plaintiff.

Judge Thomas Steptoe Jr. has been assigned the case.

Jefferson Circuit Court case number 06-C-392

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